Introducing Second Language Acquisition

Topics: Linguistics, Language acquisition, Second language acquisition Pages: 274 (89077 words) Published: May 31, 2011
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Introducing Second Language Acquisition
Written for students encountering the topic for the first time, this is a clear and practical introduction to Second Language Acquisition (SLA). It explains in nontechnical language how a second language is acquired; what the second language learner needs to know; and why some learners are more successful than others. The textbook introduces in a step-by-step fashion a range of fundamental concepts – such as SLA in adults and children, in formal and informal learning contexts, and in diverse sociocultural settings – and takes an interdisciplinary approach, encouraging students to consider SLA from linguistic, psychological, and social perspectives. Each chapter contains a list of key terms, a summary, and a range of graded exercises suitable for self-testing or class discussion. Providing a solid foundation in SLA, this book is set to become the leading introduction to the field for students of linguistics, psychology, education, and trainee language teachers. M URIEL S AVILLE -T ROIKE is Regent’s Professor of English at the University of Arizona. She has made significant contributions to the fields of sociolinguistics and applied linguistics, and has previously held posts at Texas A & M University, the University of Texas, Georgetown University, and the University of Illinois. She has previously published The Ethnography of Communication: An Introduction (Third Edition, 2003), Foundations for Teaching English as a Second Language (1976), and A Handbook of Bilingual Education (with Rudolph C. Troike, 1971).

Cambridge Introductions to Language and Linguistics
This new textbook series provides students and their teachers with accessible introductions to the major subjects encountered within the study of language and linguistics. Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, each book is written and designed for ease of use in the classroom or seminar, and is ideal for adoption on a modular course as the core recommended textbook. Each book offers the ideal introductory material for each subject, presenting students with an overview of the main topics encountered in their course, and features a glossary of useful terms, chapter previews and summaries, suggestions for further reading, and helpful exercises. Each book is accompanied by a supporting website. Books published in the series Introducing Phonology David Odden Introducing Speech and Language Processing John Coleman Introducing Phonetic Science John Maidment and Michael Ashby Introducing Second Language Acquisition Muriel Saville-Troike Forthcoming: Introducing Sociolinguistics Miriam Meyerhoff Introducing Morphology Maggie Tallerman and S. J. Hannahs Introducing Historical Linguistics Brian Joseph Introducing Language Bert Vaux

Introducing Second Language Acquisition
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